Some centuries later the Arab traveller Ibn Battuta visited India on his way from Arabia to China. In 1344 he reached Sri Lanka where he was told about strange "monkey-men" who lived in the dense forests of the interior mountains.
"I was told by Sheikh Othman and his son, two pious and credible persons, that monkey-men have a leader whom they follow as if he were their king. About his head is tied a turban of leaves from trees, and he reclines upon a staff. At his right and left hand are four monkey-men, his servants, with rods in their hands all of which stand at his head whenever the leading monkey-man sits. His wives and children are daily brought in on these occasions, who sit down before him. Then comes a number of the monkey-men who sit and form a sort of assembly about him. One of the four monkey-men then address them and they disperse. After this each of them comes in with a nut, a lemon or some fruit which he throws down before the leader. He then eats, together with his wives, children and the four main monkey-men. Then they all disperse. One of the Jogees also told me that he once saw the four monkey-men standing in the presence of the leader and beating another monkey-man with rods, after which they plucked out all his hair."
from Nittaewo - the Ape-Man of Sri Lanka (Cryptid Casebook Book 7)